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Abbey Wood Station

Abbey Wood Station

The new station building at Abbey Wood has opened to passengers. Delivered by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project, the opening of the striking station building and concourse, marks the start of the transformation of transport links for Abbey Wood which will be served by existing Southeastern rail services and the Elizabeth line when the route opens.

The Crossrail project will help to transform Abbey Wood, as the Elizabeth line will halve journey times to many central London destinations, and is already attracting new businesses and investment to the local area.

Key to the design of the new station is its integration with the elevated flyover, Harrow Manorway, and made it much easier for local people to get from one side of the railway to the other. The new station building has been built over the railway where the two new Elizabeth line tracks terminate and the existing Southeastern lines continue on through. The station has easy interchange between the Elizabeth line platforms and Southeastern platforms with stairs, escalators and lifts.

A granite-paved pedestrian concourse links the new station with the flyover providing significantly better links with local bus services. From here the station building is shaped both to swoop down to platform level below, but also to link radically transformed civic spaces to either side at ground level.

From above, the station is shaped like a manta ray, its zinc-surfaced ‘wings’ extending into canopies sheltering staircases either side. Lifts emerge as architectural features flanking the station forecourt.

In addition to the station improvements, Crossrail worked with London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich on proposals for improvements to the area around the station.

Key Facts

  • Step-free from street to train
  • Above-ground station
  • 260m passenger platform length
  • 52,000 passengers predicted per day on the Elizabeth line
  • 12 trains per hour (peak, both ways)
  • Interchange: National Rail


Learn more about how the station has been designed to last with robust, natural materials, how it helps make onward journeys easier and how the station is helping create a strong civic centre for the area in this video with Jan Kroes, Director at Fereday Pollard.

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When the full route opens, an Elizabeth line service every five minutes at peak time will allow passengers to catch one train right through central London to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west.